New Orleans' Queen Fills Boston with Soul

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July 28, 2012


Irma Thomas, The Soul Queen of New Orleans, singing “It’s Raining” at the Copley Club.

BOSTON — To put the finishing touch on a spectacular first night of the Boston Summer Arts Festival, Irma Thomas picked up the microphone one more time in the Copley Club and had the audience swooning and swaying through musical history.

Thomas, now 71 and 50+ years into her musical career, talked eariler in the week with WGBHArts contributor Bridgit Brown about what Soul music really is. “Soul,” she said, “is the satisfactory feeling that you get from doing what you love. It has nothing to do with a genre of music, and everybody has it.” (>>Read the full article).

Thomas told Boston Public Radio's Edgar Herwick she found her love for music while waiting tables in New Orleans. She would jump up on stage with the band once in awhile to sing a set. Her boss fired her for not doing her job, and she set out on a path that took her to royal heights.

>>Hear Thomas interviewed on WGBH Boston Public Radio along with, Ben Jaffe, creative director of the Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

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Irma Thomas, WGBH host Edgar Herwick and Ben Jaffe in the WGBH radio studios. (Annie Shreffler/WGBH)


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